Mopa Airport pyramid invitation for suggestions and expressions of interest
In the English Dictionary Goa comes before Goan, God and Google. In his song
”Proud to be Goan” written specially for World Goa Day, Basilio Magno, former
Editor of Goan Echo, while in Russelsheim Germany described Goa as a small dot
on the map. This was more than thirty years ago when Jorge and Livia De Abreu
proposed World Goa Day, seconded by a lady in Maryland California. Lest we
forget this special event called “World Goa Day (WGD)” was instituted to mark
the anniversary of that momentous day – 20th of August 1992 – when the Indian
Parliament included Konkani in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution.
That was the long awaited day when Konkani got due recognition as an official
language in India, Konkani – “Amchi Bas” – Our Mother tongue, finally
recognized as Indian. What a wonderful reason to celebrate. For ten years
nothing happened until the strenuous efforts of Rene Baretto in London got the
occasion up and running and created an interest in different parts of the
world. This is now celebrated at in various countries at different times of the
year. If the date of Christmas day could be changed by the Goan it would have
been by now. The Logo of World Goa Day shows a family leaving the Golden Sands
of Goa crossing the sea, with them, they carried our culture, music, food and
Rewinding, as a former editor of the Goan Association (UK) Newsletter with no
internet access and one finger typing on a slow Remington manual typewriter
going tap tap tap into the night waking the neighbours I had asked for a list
of outstanding jobs to be done in Goa and invited our people with skills living
abroad to assist local people and projects funded by Surplus income from
celebrations eating and dancing in several countries that could create
employment opportunities. May I ask again perhaps the NRI office can
coordinate? Our people are so clever Google not needed. You may recall
President Banda of Malawi expelled a whole Goan population from Malawi because
there were dancing at the club while his speech was on the Radio.
World Goa Day in 2018 is more important than it has ever been. Today it
highlights our people who are neither here nor there some even having abandoned
Goan family names one would think we have an artificial half cast generation
CHOTARA with names like Mckenzie, Johnson, Washington, Shelton, Rodney and
Fawn. These are not Goan or Portuguese or Indian names as new arrivals from Goa
land in Breadline Britain in search of a better life and employment
opportunities. These names could be associated with Kapris from the West Indies
along with the local natives.
There is a saying you are worth more dead than alive. In England the Registered
Charity Goan Welfare Society based in Cranford can and has arranged for a one
or four bedroom coffins to be airfreighted to Goa depending on Price. To remind
you this new business appears to have no transparent audit trail and, in its
absence, could be easily viewed as a hand in pocket thrill recently being
mimicked by others begging for money on the internet with no payment safeguard
for donations and their donors thus leaving their individual bank account open
to fraudsters. Those who qualified so far have been Portuguese Nationals of
Goan Origin claiming to have no money. Goan Welfare Society has enough funds
for the next hundred coffins or Ashes facility for 200. With unknown additional
income from the overcrowded 700 capacity fundraiser New Year’s Ball 2017 at
Wands worth Town Hall and income streams from Raffles, Bar, Paper hats,
catering Life membership revenue with no receipts or welcome pack creating a
feel good factor. Although I have enquired, no one has told me the amount
raised and my feeling is nobody cares as they dance the night away. No more
begging please. Every other day there are announcements of people dying in UK
followed by requiem mass and burial in GOA. Is it the latest craze to come to
UK before you die? For free shipment back to Mother Goa for burial?
In my note of 5th May I asked as to what happens to bodies chemically treated
abroad to prevent decay brought to mother Goa for burial. Just like mining and
coal, this business with allegations of Hand in Pocket has no consideration for
the environment as in Goa graves are recycled every three years as bodies
decompose. There used to be talk of human bones distributed across the state by
foxes is this still the Case.
The Pyramid will be a memento of our present civilization. The building could
have a cremation facility to process the newly arrived bodies, the ashes
including gold from tooth fillings and accessories could be passed on to loved
ones. The coffins that were zinc or lead lined could be stripped of precious
metals that could be recycled.
To further protect the environment every person in Goa should now lobby their
representatives to ban the burial of chemically treated bodies They must be
cremated on arrival with the ashes handed to family and loved ones. To be
enshrined in law by the legislative assembly.
21,000 trees have been felled. The MOPA Airport project has been stopped while
the search for local workers to be employed resumes.
To get the Pyramid project up and running you will need a committee headed by a
President, on second thoughts scrub this as no one follows any rules.
The days of crab mentality played a vital role in the survival of our people
yester year when our hardy ancestors left the shores of Goa without Travel
insurance to plant the flag for Europeans inland on the dark Continent. Crab
Mentality prevented deaths by stopping people going into disease infested land
and wild animals a place where the Europeans sent you first never to return.
The views expressed in this article are personal and should not be used as any
Thornton Heath Surrey England
13 March 2018